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Ex-cop found guilty of rape

December 24, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — A former Michigan City Police officer was found guilty of rape in La Porte Superior Court 1 on Friday.

Found guilty on all three counts he faced, Thomas K. Jackson was immediately placed in cuffs and remanded to the custody of the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.

The father of the victim sobbed as the judge read the verdicts: “Guilty. … Guilty. … Guilty.”

He said he felt “justified,” and hugged the prosecutors and victims’ advocate.

“I’m very happy with the court system,” the man said. “It didn’t go well the first time, but it did the second. The truth came out, and that’s all that matters.”

Jackson had faced a jury in the case once before, and was acquitted in March of one of the four counts of rape he originally faced.

However, the first jury was hung on the remaining three charges, which alleged Jackson engaged in vaginal, oral and anal sex with the victim, a disabled woman who possesses an IQ of 48, and the mental and emotional capabilities of a child between the ages of 10 and 12.

There was no question as to whether the acts were committed – Jackson admitted to them from the witness stand during the first trial.

But the first jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision about whether the woman was capable of consenting to sex.

The jury who heard the case this week decided she was not.

Judge Michael Bergerson ordered a presentence investigation and psychosexual evaluation be completed, and scheduled Jackson to return to court on Jan. 17 to set a date for his sentencing hearing.

Jackson, 52, will remain incarcerated at the La Porte County Jail until he has been sentenced and transferred to the Indiana Department of Corrections.

He faces up to 48 years in prison for having engaged the victim in a secret sexual relationship from 2013 to 2017, when she was between the ages of 20 and 24.

After becoming the suspect in the rape investigation, Jackson retired from the MCPD in March 2017.

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